Merchavim works to assist young citizens, from different backgrounds, to learn about the ‘other’, value the differences, develop a shared civic consciousness and make their classrooms, schools, and communities fairer. The Institute’s unique programming, developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, are based on five basic concepts: identity, accessibility, fairness, spaces of agreement, active shared citizenship and are adapted to each age groups, from kindergarten and up to high school.
As part of the institute’s ongoing efforts, we support local authorities, civil society organizations and various other organizations to create significant encounters between different groups within their diverse communities. In this context we partner with “Good Deeds Day – Kulanana, the Ruach Tova initiative, to provide workshops for teams of civil society organizations representing communities and diverse identities to facilitate their meeting, connection and their promotion of joint civic action.
Types of Activities and Materials
Core programs run on an ongoing basis in kindergartens and in schools.
Teacherיs training for staff and pedagogical professionals within the educational system.
Educational materials for kindergarten teachers and school teachers.
All activities are complemented by an evaluation process to assist in acquiring insight and knowledge on changing attitudes in the realm of shared citizenship and shared life.